Grade 1

The Grade 1 curriculum continues to allow students the opportunity to learn through inquiry.

In Grade 1, instructional time should focus on three critical areas:

  1. exploring weather and its affect on students' daily lives;  
  2. developing ideas about the needs of living things; and
  3. exploring the properties of various spheres (weight, size, and composition.)
Unit Description
Major Science Concepts
Weather Students construct and use a variety of tools that help them learn to read thermometers, estimate wind, gauge rainfall and recognize cloud formations. They collect and record weather data and consider how weather phenomena affect their daily lives.
  • Weather has elements such as temperature, cloud cover, wind speed and precipitation.
  • Weather changes day to day, week to week and month to month.
  • Weather impacts choices we make.
Living Things Students explore nature outside and observe changes in a tree, as well as in the plants and animals around the tree. They consider the needs of living things as they build classroom terraria.
  • Living things have similarities and differences.
  • Living things grow and develop over time.
  • Living things have needs that they meet in a variety of ways to survive.
Balls and Ramps
Students observe and compare properties of different balls, experiment with them both on the ground and on ramps.
  • Balls have different characteristics such as weight, size, and composition.
  • Gravity causes balls to fall.
  • The size and weight of a ball and the steepness of a ramp affect the movement of a ball on an inclined plane.